Two Marian students in fight for recovery -
Published Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 6:02 pm
Two Marian students in fight for recovery

Marian High School officials expect to send homework within several days to Madeline Shely, 16, who was severely injured in an auto accident nine days ago.

Susan Toohey, head of school at Marian, said Madeline is healing but “has a lot to recover from.” She is at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.

Carly Anne Kelly, the other Marian girl injured in the Oct. 11 accident, remained in critical condition Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center.

“She's fighting hard,” Toohey said.

Nate LaFave, 15, a Mount Michael Benedictine student who was with the girls, died in the crash at Highway 370 and 180th Street.

Both girls are sophomores and members of Marian's cheerleading squad.

Molly Nance, a spokeswoman for Madonna, said Madeline is conscious and has begun rehabilitation. Madonna cares for brain- and spine-injured patients.

Madeline, who suffered a brain injury, understands conversation, Nance said.

A Facebook page devoted to Carly Anne's recovery reported last week that the 15-year-old was in a medically induced coma. Family members wrote that she is making some progress and is “fighting the toughest battle of her life.”

They wrote that she had suffered many injuries, including swelling and bleeding on the brain; collapsed lungs; broken ribs; a broken shoulder and collarbone; a broken pelvis; a broken nose; and internal bruising.

They said they are “anxiously awaiting the moment she gets to wake up.”

Contact the writer: Rick Ruggles    |   402-444-1123    |  

Rick covers health and medicine. He also occasionally covers cops, breaking news and events around town.

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